Publicado: Sáb, Marcha 16, 2019
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Here's What NASA's Opportunity Rover Saw Before 'Lights Out'

Here's What NASA's Opportunity Rover Saw Before 'Lights Out'

After the rover reported to NASA that a storm is approaching, it lost touch with the Eart in June because its solar panels got covered in rocks and dust.

Now the Agency has published the latest pictures sent by the camera to the Ground.

NASA's Opportunity rover is dead, but its final images live on in the form of a lovely 360-degree panorama. The panorama showed the view from Opportunity's final resting place in Perseverance Valley, an area located on the inner slope of the western rim of Endurance Crater. This panorama combines photos taken through three filters that capture images in different wavelengths - near-infrared, green and violet. NASA tried gamely to revive the long-lived Oppy but had no luck, finally declaring the rover dead last month. This magnificent panorama befits its excellent run as a source of data about the red planet. The panorama shot, according to NASA, was taken over 29 days from May 13 to June 10, 2018.

"To the right of center, you can see the rim of Endeavor Crater rising in the distance".

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"This final panorama embodies what made our Opportunity rover such a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery", Opportunity project manager John Callas from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

Last June, space exploration enthusiasts from across the world collectively held their breath as a global dust storm enveloped Mars. Mission scientists combined 354 separate images taken during this period and added false color to distinguish various features, such as the rover's tracks, its low-gain antenna, a rocky outcrop known as "Ysleta del Sur", the rim of Endeavor Crater, and a small hill on the crater rim. NASA says the black and white frames at the bottom left of the image are that way because the rover did not have time to finish the panorama before it died. Just to the left of that, rover tracks begin their descent from over the horizon and weave their way down to geologic features that our scientists wanted to examine up close.

It landed on Mars' Meridiani Planum plain near its equator on January 25, 2004. They found a great deal of such evidence, confirming that the Red Planet was much wetter, and potentially habitable, in the ancient past.

NASA said: "Opportunity's scientific discoveries contributed to our unprecedented understanding of the planet's geology and environment, laying the groundwork for future robotic and human missions to the Red Planet".

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